Next season’s glamour fixtures announced!

Our fixtures are out for next season, and some glamour games we’ve got coming up too! Our first home game is on 31 August in the Scottish Cup v cupholders (and current Premiership Champions) Ayr! Will there be a major upset at Mayfield to start our season with a bang? Will the cup holders be put out almost before the season has started?

And what sort of Ayr team will it be? It’s their club side, not their Super 6 side. Yet who will be in their Super 6 side, nobody knows! And with the Super 6 season not starting till November, will their guys who do go for Super 6 still be eligible for their club side in August?

It gets better! Our early Tennent’s National League 1 fixtures include us going head to head with the club sides of two more Super 6 giants Heriots (7 September) and Melrose (12 October), both also recent Scottish champions – mouth watering prospects! (To explain, the club sides of the Super 6 teams are all in National 1 this year, meaning in total 16 of our 22 fixtures are against clubs that have won the Scottish Premiership.) Bring it on! For all our Tennent’s National 1 fixtures, see https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/fixtures/ (High)

Our Titans are in the revamped East Reserve League 2 (the National Reserve leagues have been done away with) and start with a home game against Lasswade on 7 September. See https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/fixtures/ (Titans)

Dundee Morgan are in Tennent’s Caledonia Midlands 3, and start their league campaign on 31 August v Perthshire at the North Inch, followed on 7 September with a home Bowl game v Rosyth. See https://www.dundeehighrugby.club/fixtures/ (Morgan)

Work with Dundee High Rugby

Dundee High Rugby are at the forefront of Rugby on Tayside. A couple of key posts/opportunities are available due to our Club vision in keeping us at the top of Scottish Club Rugby. We are looking for suitable people available to travel with teams both home and away games. The First Team manager works alongside the head coach handling admin and logistics. We also require a kit man/woman that can on game days organise the kit. If you think you are qualified for either of these posts please contact Colin Sangster in the first instance by email, rugbydundee727@gmail.com with a short resume and why you would be interested. Suitable packages are available for qualified candidates

Let’s go round again! – AGM Report 2019

It was Dundee High Rugby’s 139th AGM last week at Mayfield. As one wag said, a few attendees there looked like they had been to them all…

First things first though! Fraser McKay was re-elected as Club Captain for a 2nd season. Well done Fraser, and well done all the players and coaches for turning round the second half of last season and finishing a creditable 9th in National One last season, after underperforming up to the Christmas break.

Clubmen of the Year was for the first time ever a joint award, as the judging panel could not split coaches Ian Robertson and Gary Mathieson! Congratulations to them both, a very well deserved recognition for the hundreds of hours (and sweary words!) put in by both of them over the season!

The average age of the Dundee-centric Average White Band is 73. (Fake news! 98% of statistics are made up on the spot!) The average age of the Dundee High Rugby committee can’t now be far behind (with a couple of notable exceptions!) as the current Committee were voted in again almost en bloc! A couple of changes though to freshen the team up.
Fraser Clarkson’s non-stop overseas touring commitments unfortunately means he can’t continue for another year, and our Treasurer Kirstin McCarle is also stepping down due to an ever increasing work load. Many thanks to them both for all their hard work. Donald Brown was appointed as Treasurer in Kirstin’s place, and a very warm welcome to him.

Director of Rugby Colin Sangster rounded off the proceedings with an update on the Club’s vital one-club Vision project. Many thanks to all those attending, roll on next season…

Tartan Touch

Dundee High Rugby report great Tartan Touch success at Morgan last night with over 103 players and with another 18 hingers on (inc me!) and lots of spectators. Some old faces and many new ones enthusiastically embracing Tartan Touch Rugby.

Registration took a bit of time due to the numbers so why not do that online and save a few quid? It will be easier next Tuesday but come along in plenty of time.

NB. Remember Bar open and changing facilities available. Many thanks to our collaboration partners Morgan RFC for the FREE juice for the thirsty supporters!!

Thanks for all the support, Gerry Tosh President.

Hall of Fame Dinner – 17th May 2019

The Rugby Club would like to acknowledge the great success of this inaugural Hall of Fame dinner at the Invercarse Hotel. Thanks are due to the sponsors especially the dinner sponsors Insights, table leaders and all who attended. Many thanks to superhero Club favourite and MC for the evening Andy Nicol who entertained us royally. The main course (of course) were the 3 new inductees, George Ritchie, David Leslie and Chris Rea. They were introduced in order by John Halliday, Sandy Hutchison and Ken Andrew who all gave fulsome and fascinating reasons for their Inductions. There were quite a few touching moments that I will remember for a long time. The bottom line is we have a great Rugby Club with a proud history but more importantly a bright future. Rugby in Dundee is changing, and we would encourage all Rugby people in the area to get together and support our chosen sport. If we collaborate, we will protect our sport and together we can provide great Rugby experiences for all regardless of gender, age or ability.

Next year’s Hall of Fame Dinner (in our 140th year) will again be at the Invercarse and we have many bookings already. The date is 15th May 2020 with some great surprises already committed! If you would like to book up for next year please get in touch with Bill Campbell, bill@dundeerugby.co.uk

Scotland Summer Tests – Ticket Information

Scotland have two World Cup warm up matches at Murrayfield this summer. France on Sat 24 August and Georgia on Friday 6 September. Tickets can be ordered directly by members registered with the SRU by using the club URL which is https://www.eticketing.co.uk/scottishrugby/?advcode=duHSFP and the tickets will be emailed directly to members by the SRU.

Alternatively an application form can be used and ordered via the International Ticket Secretary, Harvie Findlay. Application forms can be obtained by emailing Harvie Findlay at harvie.findlay@btinternet.com.

Members still need to be registered with the SRU and tickets will still be emailed directly to members. The deadline for submitting forms to the club Ticket secretary is 17 June 2019.

Information about ordering tickets for the 2020 Six Nations will be issued in due course.